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Minnesota State Patrol’s Annual Awards Ceremony

​They saved motorists from burning vehicles, performed CPR, prevented suicide and found a missing person on a cold winter night. Awards.jpg

These were just some of the heroic actions recently recognized at the Minnesota State Patrol’s annual awards ceremony.

The awards went to law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and ordinary citizens who put their lives on the line to save others every day in Minnesota last year.

A complete list of award recipients and the stories of their actions can be found online.

Trooper of the Year

​Congratulation to Trooper of the Year, Sgt. Rick Schueler from the State Patrol Commercial Vehicle division.
Photo of Sgt. Rick Schueler of the Minnesota State Patrol.
Sgt. Rick Schueler came to the patrol in 1989 and has been a model trooper, consistently displaying the agency’s core values in both his professional and personal life.

Sgt. Schueler provides high quality training to both new and incumbent personnel on a regular basis and has a real passion for making sure people are well trained so they can provide the best service to citizens and their employing agencies.


School bus safety is a team effort that includes the State Patrol

​The Minnesota State Patrol plays a major role in school transportation safety across the state. For starters, we inspect every school bus in the entire state every year. We also audit the bus driver files of school districts and contractors to make sure drivers are properly trained and licensed. Learn more about school bus safety and regulation in a recent DPS blog post.

Featured Video

Video Description: Troopers rescue a suspect from a fiery crash after a pursuit that reached 100 mph.